05/23/2012 5:17PM

Bodemeister targets Haskell; Creative Cause may try turf

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Kim Pratt
Bodemeister is being pointed to the Haskell at Monmouth Park.

Bodemeister and Creative Cause, second and third behind I’ll Have Another in the Preakness Stakes, will pass the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9 and will be on different career paths this summer.

Trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday that Bodemeister will be pointed to the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 29.

“He could use a breather,” Baffert said.

Owned by Zayat Stables, Bodemeister won the Arkansas Derby in April and was second in the Kentucky Derby.

Creative Cause, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, may start on turf later this summer, trainer Mike Harrington said. He said there is a “50-50” chance that Creative Cause will start in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds over 1 1/8 miles at Hollywood Park on July 4.

There are two graded stakes for 3-year-olds on turf at Del Mar this summer that could fit in Harrington’s plans for Creative Cause – the La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 11 and the Del Mar Derby on Sept. 2. Creative Cause races for Heinz Steinmann.

“He’s happy and healthy,” Harrington said of the colt. “I’m going to give him a little time. I’ll back off him a little while. I’ll probably run him on the grass.

“I’ll have to determine if he is a turf horse. You never know until you try it.”